Armagh GAA begin work on new training complex
Work has begun on the development of a new £10m [€11.7m] Armagh GAA training complex in Portadown.
The multimillion-pound project will be delivered in a phased approach, with a major focus on completing two sand-based floodlit pitches and a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility.
This phase will be fully operational by the end of the season, representing an initial investment of £2m [€2.3m].
In the second phase of the project, an additional £2m investment will expand the facility, bringing the total number of pitches to four.
When completed, with the final cost believed to be in the region of £10m, the new complex will host four full-size sand fibre grass training pitches.
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Full floodlighting, fencing and catch nets will complement a sports pavilion with four sets of changing rooms, a multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms, office accommodation and treatment/physio rooms.
Along with a strength and conditioning performance hub, the inclusion of a sports dome 3G pitch and inflatable bubble for all-weather training will ensure the venue remains fully operational during times of harsh weather.
A ball wall, spectator stand and terrace area will be included as well as a parking area.
The new centre will replace the out-dated training grounds at Callanbridge in Armagh city and will be situated at St Malachy's in Portadown. Orchard legend Jimmy Smyth, who captained the county to the 1977 All-Ireland final, turned the first sod.
"Our limited training facilities are in need of a